First LTE Smartphones from AT&T
AT&T is formally introducing its 4G LTE network on Sunday and its first LTE smartphones: the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Upon launch, AT&T’s 4G LTE network will be available in five markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. By comparison, Verizon’s 4G LTE network is currently available in 165 metro areas.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks promise to be up to 10 times faster than 3G networks. LTE is one 4G technology. Another is WiMax, which Sprint currently uses, though the carrier has said it will eventually transition to LTE.
AT&T’s 4G LTE data plans will cost the same as its 3G and 4G HSPA+ offerings: 200MB of data for $15 monthly and 2GB of data for $25.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G LTE smartphone has a 4.5-inch screen and is $250 with a two-year data plan. The HTC Vivid also sports a 4.5-inch screen and will sell for $200 on a two-year contract.